This specialisation focuses on adult psychopathology. This field within psychology is studied from a scientific point of view. In this Master’s program, we examine in particular the more complex varieties of psychopathology within an urban context.
As we are located in the vibrant city of Rotterdam, this urban environment is often our field laboratory for our research and findings. In this urban context, complex psychopathological problems, like crime-related issues, personality disorders and addictions often occur.
You are eligible for admission to the Master’s program if you have obtained a Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree in Psychology from a research university. You are also expected to have obtained at least:
- 15 ECTS in courses related to the preferred field of your specialisation;
- At least 15 ECTS in statistics courses and at least basic SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) skills. You are expected to be familiar with the following statistical techniques (and be able to apply them in SPSS): descriptive statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, between-subjects versus within-subjects designs, multiple regression, 1-factor and 2-factor ANOVA, repeated measures-ANOVA, MANOVA, GLM, psychometrics, non-parametric testing.
A good command of English is essential.
You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency if:
- You are a native speaker of English (i.e. a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries and/or
- You have obtained a diploma of International Baccalaureate (valid for 5 years) and/or
- You have obtained your diploma of higher education in English (the entire program) in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America.
- We usually deem the level of English Bachelor programs at West European or Scandinavian universities sufficient for exemption as well.
- Please mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof. If you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English for the entire program.
In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e. your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.
The curriculum of the Master’s program Clinical Psychology consists of a series of course periods. In the first half, every course period covers one so-called ‘block’ and one practical training. Every block covers a specific psychological theme. All the activities that you will undertake during this period, i.e. lectures, tutorials, and assignments, are related to this theme. In addition, every course period includes a practical skills training.
For the practical skills training, the Master’s program Clinical Psychology offers two different tracks: the ‘Research training track’ and the ‘Clinical training track’. You will have to choose one of them. NB: two is not an option. Please list your preference when you apply. The admission criteria do not differ for both tracks.
If you are interested in working in mental healthcare after your studies, we advise you to choose the ‘Clinical training track’.
If you envision a different career path, you could choose the ‘Research training track’. In case you are interested in pursuing a PhD position this path is a suitable option.
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